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Amazing Photography Opportunities, Locations & Group. Feb-2011

Feb 9-10th,

We briefly met the night before for last minutes details and some itinerary changes due to weather. Everyone was excited and ready for our journey. Some came from as far as Germany, Maryland, Georgia and some from Florida.

The first two days were windy and cold but that's not match for our enthusiasm and excitement. We brace the cold weather and windy conditions and head out. Cloudy days are perfect for fill flash photography and that's exactly what we did. We had an EXTENSIVE flash and fill flash session in two different locations. Soon after, we engaged our first Photoshop class.

Tour participants learned my workflow and some adopted software's and flow immediately! They downloaded the software directly to their laptops and stared using it. Everyone complained about how slow some other browsing software are including Lightroom and Bridge but luckily I had the perfect solution.... :)

Feb 11-12th,

This was a very interesting day as the cold weather continued with strong winds but we knew clear sky's where ahead of us! Despite the cold and windy conditions, we created some images once again using fill flash. Some tour participants did not own a flash nor Better Beamer. However, thanks to others tour participants sharing their extra equipment, everyone had a flash.

After the morning session we headed for a well deserved lunched and nap. We ended this day with one of the most amazing sunsets I've EVER seen. We knew the end of cloudy days were ending too!

Feb 13th,

We headed further south. As we were walking down the beach, I saw two photographers far away. I knew they were up to something so I decided to investigate. My group was behind me and as soon as I saw the opportunities, I asked Jan to bring everyone in right away!!

We had a killer male and female Brown Pelican perched high enough to put them right against the beautiful blue water making the perfect background. Some tour participants were frustrated because they weren't tall enough to create the same images. I noticed the body language from afar and moved in to assist. I checked their images quickly and felt their frustration. I explained and offered another solution to their frustration and soon after, it all made sense... "If you can't go higher.... get low!" and that's exactly what they did!!

After the morning session we got something to eat and moved to our second Photoshop class. This class was more advance and perhaps was too advance for some. I explained the benefits of using Quick Mask. Jan took over soon after and showed some of his amazing perch set ups and how he creates his amazing warbler and song birds images. Everyone applaud him and I was very happy with his presentation.

Feb 14th,

At this point, everyone was staring to feel the pain of what I've said before... "5 days of hardcore shooting" We headed out early and photographed at Venice Rookery. We were able to create some intimate images of the Blue Heron nesting behavior. We were also able to create some close ups and head shots of ducks!

The afternoon session everyone was very excited about. We scout the area looking for the best possible location and we sure found it!! Before heading out, I explained and gave instructions to everyone about "approach" and why is so important. We moved in closer and closer and got some killer images! We wanted to be as early as possible back to the hotel but a well deserved meal was need it. Thanks for a participant suggestion, we had an amazing Thai dinner!!

Feb 15th,

Unfortunately, two participants did not join us due to a personal event that took place unexpectedly. I was sad to see them leave. This day was going to be a very long one (20hrs total). We headed out at 3am and arrived at our last location just before sunrise. We enjoy beautiful light and plenty of sunshine. We also had some killer subjects to photograph and everyone was pleased.

We got something to eat and headed back for one last afternoon session. We were treated with an very interesting learning experience that everyone enjoyed. I asked everyone to set their cameras exactly how I wanted and the results were exactly what I was expecting!!

Overall, the tour was a total success. We had one of the best group of folks yet. I would like to thank them all for their participation and open mind to new things. I also would like to thank Jan Wegener for his excellent roll as co-leader and the job he did for everyone!

Because we had such amazing experience, the Tour will continue in 2012. Stay tune for more updates very soon!!

Enjoy the images!

Thanks!

Burrowing Owl Close Up, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Burrowing Owl Close Up, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 400, 580EX II with Better Beamer
Manual exposure, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Female Anhinga Calling, S.E Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Female Anhinga Calling, S.E Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, 800mm L @ f/8, 1/1250 sec, ISO 200, Manual exposure, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Reddish Egret in Full Breeding Colors, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Reddish Egret in Full Breeding Colors, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/650 sec, ISO 200, Manual exposure, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Female Brown Pelican Posing, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Female Brown Pelican Posing, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO 200, Manual exposure, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod


Cormorant Close Up Portrait, S.E Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 200, Manual exposure, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

WoodStork portrait Close Up, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Wood Stork portrait Close Up, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/400 sec, ISO 400, 580EX II with Better Beamer
Manual exposure, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

White Egret Close Up Portrait, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
White Egret Close Up Portrait, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO 400, 580EX II with Better Beamer
Manual exposure, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Ring-billed Gull Portrait, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Ring-billed Gull Portrait, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO 400, 580EX II with Better Beamer
Manual exposure, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod


Laughing Gull Close Up Portrait, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO 400, 580EX II with Better Beamer
Manual exposure, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Little Blue Heron, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Little Blue Heron, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/650 sec, ISO 200, Manual exposure, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Snowy Egret Fishing, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Snowy Egret Fishing, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/640 sec, ISO 400, 580EX II with Better Beamer
Manual exposure, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Blue Heron Reflection, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Blue Heron Reflection, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 800mm L @ f/8, 1/250 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Sail Boat @ Sunset, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Sail Boat @ Sunset, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 70-200mm L @ f/11, 1/60 sec, ISO 800, Manual exposure,
Hand-held


Reddish Egret Reflection, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 800mm L @ f/8, 1/400 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Male Anhinga Posing Elegant, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Male Anhinga Posing Elegant, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO 400
Manual exposure, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Amazing Sunset, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Amazing Sunset, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, Canon 800mm L @ f/22, 1/8000 sec, ISO 100
Manual exposure, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Female Brown Pelican Posing, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Female Brown Pelican Posing, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod


Male Brown Pelican Portrait, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/650 sec, ISO 400
Manual exposure, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Female Brown Pelican Posing, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Female Brown Pelican Posing, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod


Sunset & Silhouette Trees, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/640 sec, ISO 800, Manual exposure, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Yellow Crowned Night Heron Silohette, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Yellow Crowned Night Heron Silhouette, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, 800mm L @ f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO 1600, Manual exposure, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Blue Heron & Chick, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Blue Heron & Chick, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, 800mm L @ f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod


Whistling Duck, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, 800mm L @ f/8, 1/1250 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Sunset & Tree, S.E Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Sunset & Tree, S.E Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, 800mm L @ f/8, 1/2000 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Ripples During Sunset, S.E Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Ripples During Sunset, S.E Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MK II, 70-200mm L @ f/8, 1/250 sec, ISO 800, Manual exposure, Hand-held

Our Wonderful Group..!

Setting Up Time, S.W Florida - Jan Wegener, All Rights Reserved
Setting Up Time, S.W Florida - Jan Wegener, All Rights Reserved

Gathering for the Best Possible Background, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Gathering for the Best Possible Background, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved

Gathering for the Best Possible Background, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Gathering for the Best Possible Background, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved


The Perfect Approach Worked Well, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved

Before Heading Back Home, S.E Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Before Heading Back Home, S.E Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved

Tour Leader Maxis Gamez

Maxis Gamez - Tour Leader & Guide, S.W Florida - Jan Wegener, All Rights Reserved
Maxis Gamez - Tour Leader & Guide, S.W Florida - Jan Wegener, All Rights Reserved

 

Sincerely,

Maxis Gamez
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